|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||17%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 230g||84%|
|Dietary Fiber 10g||34%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The sweet taste of a freshly made banana smoothie is hard to resist. While you can add all sorts of flavors and other fruits to it (berries are especially good), the basic recipe will show you just how easy it is to make at home. Bananas blend really easily, which makes them a no-fuss choice for smoothies. It's a tasty option for a simple breakfast smoothie and a healthy treat for a hot summer afternoon—chill the glasses you're using in the freezer beforehand for an especially rewarding drink.
This banana smoothie recipe requires just five simple ingredients, all of which you may already have in your kitchen. It's an excellent way to use up ripe bananas before they're too far gone and only good for banana bread. The smoothie is sweetened with honey and uses vanilla yogurt to give it a lovely creaminess. Don't skip the vanilla extract, either. It adds a subtle depth of flavor that really sets it over the top.
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a blender in the following order: honey, vanilla extract, bananas, vanilla yogurt, and ice.
Gradually increase the speed and blend until the mixture is smooth.
Pour the drink into a chilled glass.
Serve and enjoy.
How to Store
- While you can refrigerate a smoothie and drink it the next day, sometimes components of the smoothie will separate. Simply stir to recombine, or put it back in the blender to bring it together again.
- The other option is to make a large batch (you can double or triple this recipe if your blender is large enough) and store the excess in the freezer. When you're ready for another smoothie, set it out for about 5 to 10 minutes so it softens up enough to drink.
Bananas are just the start when it comes to whipping up a good smoothie. They pair really well with lots of other flavors, too:
- For a healthier, low-sugar smoothie, use plain or sugar-free yogurt.
- Replace the honey with agave nectar. For a liquid sweetener that's a perfect pairing for bananas, try cinnamon simple syrup.
- No yogurt? Use 6 ice cubes (or 1/2 cup crushed ice) and about 3/4 cup of milk: regular, coconut, or other non-dairy alternatives.
- Add strawberries for a strawberry banana smoothie.
- Peanut butter banana smoothies are delicious; add in 1/4 cup rolled oats for even more nutrition.
- Use sesame paste with a little cinnamon to make a banana tahini smoothie.
- Replace the yogurt with a scoop of ice cream to create more of a banana milkshake. While vanilla is often preferred, chocolate's a great option. It's best to add 1/2 to 1 cup of milk as well.
- Build a banana split smoothie with your favorite banana split toppings. Use a banana, 1/2 cup diced pineapple, and 1/4 cup fresh strawberries. Squeeze in fun toppings like chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel syrup, or add a tablespoon of peanut butter or coconut flakes. Top it with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a maraschino cherry.
- To spike this drink, add 1 ounce of banana liqueur. Or use a flavored vodka such as whipped cream, vanilla, or banana.